Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mama Made: Pocket Pants

Lately Ishaan has become obsessed with pockets. And I mean clinically obsessed-- it's starting to effect his daily functioning. He stuffs them full of all his precious toys (I guess the ones that he doesn't want Amaani to play with). He won't sleep until he has all his clothespins and what not with him. His pockets get so full that his pants sag below his diaper and he has trouble walking. I'm hoping this is a short phase. 
Ishaan has a gigantic tantrum if his pants don't have pockets. As he is only two, and as quite a few of his pants are homemade, we only have a few pairs that have pockets. When those are dirty, or not warm enough, we end up leaving the house looking like this:

We put a pair of 5T shorts (thanks Smita Mami!) over his pants. The shorts have the biggest pockets in the house.  Note that he also has a man bag for his acorn collection.


We had a wedding to attend this weekend; and he certainly wasn't going with shorts over his pants. What to do? I decided to make him two pairs of pocket pants.  The dark brown pants have inset pockets in the side, and the light brown pants have patch pockets going along the front.

I somehow managed to go the entire weekend without taking one good picture; but here they are in action. 

I was so excited to see him putting things in his pockets over the weekend. Maybe it will be ok if this phase lasts a little longer.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mama made: First Quilts

I have a backlog of projects that I'd like to show off on the blog; so I'm going to try and post a project every week. This one I just finished recently.

This is one of the oldest; longest running projects that I'm posting here. When I was pregnant with Amaani I got it into my head that my kids HAD to have hand-made quilts in order to feel loved after the 'new baby' came. Those of you who have been pregnant will understand the combination of urgency and insanity that is nesting.

Kartik and Ishaan ended up driving an hour with me to find the fabric for the top , and I made my sister come to Jo-ann's to pick out the backing... and then I dragged my poor mom back there next weekend so I could get a price adjustment on the batting.

I wanted to have the done by Ishaan's first birthday, Christmas (2010), then when Amaani was born... but I'm happy to have finally finished them.

They are the same quilt pattern, in different colorways.  Here are close ups of my favorite fabrics in each.
I quilted straight lines for Amaani's quilt but I got brave and 'drew' a bunch of stars on Ishaan's using the sewing machine to match the star fabric on the back of the quilt.

It took for.ev.er. I was so happy when I got them downstairs and showd them to Ishaan and Amaani. Amaani loves hers and has been using it all weekend. She gums the binding and wipes her nose on it just like I hoped.

Ishaan took one look at his and said "No, mama... I don't like it no stars." in this sing song voice like I was the toddler, and he was the adult.

I'm just going to wait another week and show it to him again. If he still doesn't like it-- I'll sleep with it!